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Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
Antiphon is a worthy third novel in the popular Psalms of Isaak series. Scholes continues to show his deft hand at crafting characters, and his penchant for the surprising plot twist is displayed to good effect. The bloodletting here is somewhat overdone, and the reader may weary of it in absence of story progression; religious mysticism takes precedence here. Overall, it’s a well-wrought funnel that’s spiraling toward the climax of the series.
The ancient past is not dead. The hands of the Wizard Kings still reach out to challenge the Androfrancine Order, to regain control of the magick and technology that the monks sought to understand and to claim. Rudolfo and Jin Li Tam must battle the Y’Zirites to protect their own lands, while mysticism and bloody practices set out to convert, by force or by zealousness, the people of the Named Lands. (TOR, Sep., 384 pp., $25.99)
Reviewed By: Victoria Frerichs
Published: September 2010